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Kraft Funeral Service

708 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN

OBITUARY

Roger Lee Howard

December 16, 1937May 5, 2020
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Roger Lee Howard, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Roger was born in New Albany, IN and raised on Spring St. by his loving parents, Roger and Virginia (Glover) Howard. Raised in a Catholic home, Roger attended Holy Trinity Church in New Albany and was a member of the first graduating class at Providence High School in 1955. Roger was the first Pioneer basketball superstar at the Catholic high school where he is still the all-time leading scorer and first player to score more than 1,000 points in his career. Roger also led the Providence golf team to the school’s first ever state tournament appearance in any sport, and was voted the "most athletic student" his senior year. Roger went to the University of Dayton on a basketball scholarship and led the freshmen team in scoring. He finished his career at Bellarmine College having played on both the basketball and golf teams.

Roger was a veteran of the United States Navy where he continued his basketball career and in 1961 was selected to the all-tournament team at the prestigious All Navy Basketball Tournament in Pearl Harbor. He went on to retire from Aetna Life and Casualty as a claims supervisor and worked for Gary Becker Law Offices post retirement. He was a longtime volunteer coach and referee in the New Albany mini league having coached long after coaching his three sons and volunteered for many years at local soup kitchens and food banks. Roger enjoyed playing golf, shooting his infamous hook shot, and cheering on his beloved Kentucky Wildcats whenever he got the chance. “Poppy” loved horsing around with his seven grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to make them smile. Roger was well known for his kind heart and gentle soul as well as his quick wit and dry sense of humor.

Roger is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara (Hilbert); sons, Roger (Karen), Barry (Joanie), and Todd (Jenny); seven grandchildren, Brett, Landon, Roger IV, Chase, Keslyn, Emory, and Brooks; and a host of other relatives and friends.

There will be a drive through visitation at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany from 11 am until 2 pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. His funeral service will be private but will be live streamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KraftFuneral. Private entombment will be held at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Jeffersonville. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

You may reach out to the family by posting memories and condolences at www.kraftfuneralservice.net.

  • FAMILY

  • Barbara (Hilbert) Howard, Wife of 59 years
  • Roger Howard (Karen), Son
  • Barry Howard (Joanie), Son
  • Todd Howard (Jenny), Son
  • Brett, Landon, Roger IV, Chase, Keslyn, Emory, and Brooks, Grandchildren
  • Roger Howard (deceased), Father
  • Virginia Glover Howard (deceased), Mother
  • A host of other relatives and friends.

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Services

  • Drive Through Visitation

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  • Private Family Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  • Private Committal Service

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Memories

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Shelby Kapellusch

May 23, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Roger's passing and my sincere condolences to those who loved him. I had the pleasure of working with Roger at Aetna in the 90's.Roger and I mainly discussed Indiana High school basketball & our families. Roger reminded a lot my own father who also was a basketball aficionado, both growing up southern Indiana. He was always bragging about his children and was a great story teller. It's been years since we've crossed paths, but every year, around tournament time, I always think about my friend Roger. I was lucky to have known him.

Tom Jones

May 14, 2020

Roger was the best basketball coach I ever played for; will always remember those mini league years fondly. Our condolences, Barbara, Roger, Barry, and Todd and your families.

Lynda Lannert

May 12, 2020

Todd - Steve and I have been keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a wonderful man and we will miss seeing him at birthdays and other celebrations. He leaves behind, in you, a man who is every bit as great a dad as he was. We love you!

Wayne Stearns

May 12, 2020

A wonderful man and person, and a wonderful family. I would look forward to seeing him at Harvest Homecoming and other places. May he rest in peace.

Mike Gossett

May 12, 2020

To the Howard family go my deepest sympathies. I worked with Howard for 15 years at Aetna Life and Casualty Company. Roger worked in claims, and I in the Loss Control department. Many of those years at Aetna the office layout was such that everyone worked out in an open floor array and the claim and loss control departments were right next to each other. I don't believe there was a day that went by that Roger did not manage to make me laugh. I of course can only speak to what I know of Roger but to me he was an unusually kind, principled, and best of all for me, a very humorous person that made the world better place and thus will be greatly missed; virtuous attributes that are increasingly rare in today's world.

Jill Nash

May 11, 2020

Barb, I was so sorry to see your husband has passed! You and your family are in our prayers! I will be thinking of you tomorrow!! God bless all of you!
Jill Nash

Laura Younkin

May 11, 2020

I never knew your father, Todd, but he sounds a lot like you. I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is heartbreaking. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

John Tate

May 10, 2020

A host of lawyers worked with Roger during his long tenure with Aetna. We admired his principled and unflappable management of claims that could break our hearts. Roger saw the difference between the defensible and the indefensible and did not hesitate to use the power of insurance to help mend lives of the unfortunate.

Mary Patt Sheridan

May 9, 2020

Todd,
I grieve with you and your entire family in the loss of your beloved father who was a towering figure to his family and his community. Please be comforted to know that those special memories you hold of him will give much comfort in the days ahead. I keep you and your family in my prayers and on my heart.
MP

Glenda Hott

May 9, 2020

Dear Howard Family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of such a kind and generous man. I had the privilege of seeing Roger Lee in the past few years to reminesce about his parents and my parents (Glenn and Bonnie B.). My mother and father lived in the house with Roger and Virginia many many years ago. (1950's). My mother always said had it not been for Roger and Virginia they may not have survived their first years of marriage. R and V taught my mother how to cook and introduced them to New Albany.
Years later I remember going with my mother to visit several times as a young girl. If I was lucky Roger Lee would be there. Two fond memories I have were watching Roger work at the bench on the watches. Ms. Virginia would go across the street to Leon G.'s pharmacy with us to get something sweet. I remember her great hugs. I also have fond memories of my dad talking about how he and Roger Lee would play basketball together. I think they were pretty competitive. A lovely gentleman from 2 giving and sharing parents. May you find peace in your wonderful memories. God's blessings to all of the family. Glenda Hott

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